A waiter serves dishes in a dining room at Au Petit Riche restaurant in Paris as cafes, bars and restaurants reopen indoor dining rooms with a fitted gauge and health protocol after closing down for months amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

The Restaurant Association of South Africa (Rasa) says it is concerned that despite the changes that President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced in his address to the nation, the sector will continue to lose jobs.

Non-essential establishments like restaurants, bars and fitness centres will need to close by 10pm.

The sale of alcohol from retail outlets for off-site consumption will be permitted between 10am and 6pm from Monday to Friday.

Alcohol sales for on-site consumption will be permitted as per licence conditions up to 10pm but alcohol consumption remains prohibited in public spaces.

The association’s CEO Wendy Alberts has bemoaned government’s lack of consultation when making changes.

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